St. Louis Photographer Charged with Felony Assault After Brutal Attack on Ex-Girlfriend


Daylan Miller, 23, faces felony charges after allegedly battering an ex-girlfriend. - COURTESY OF ST. LOUIS COUNTY POLICE
  • Daylan Miller, 23, faces felony charges after allegedly battering an ex-girlfriend.
A St. Louis photographer faces two felony charges of domestic assault after prosecutors allege he beat up his model ex-girlfriend in front of several neighbors.

Daylan Jacob Miller, 23, is accused of throwing his ex-girlfriend against a fence and then tackling her to the pavement. A probable cause statement filed by a St. Louis County police officer says he left her with "multiple chipped and missing teeth" and "cuts and abrasions to her nose, mouth and above and around her left eye."

Friends of Miller's victim have posted a GoFundMe page seeking money to aid in her recovery. (Warning: The page includes some graphic photos of her injuries.)

"His attack left her with a minor brain bleed, severe concussion, a bunch of broken/ missing teeth, fractured orbital, cuts everywhere, bruising, a black eye, a broken nose, and a broken finger," her friends write. "Her recovery will be extensive, and requires procedures and time out of work."

The writers add, "Any donations are greatly appreciated, and will help give this beautiful soul one less thing to worry about as she transitions into recovery!"

Miller appears to have deleted his Instagram, as well as his Facebook page.

Police say that Miller and the woman had broken up two or three weeks before when, on October 1, Miller picked up the woman at her request and drove her to his apartment in the Mehlville area. But after they arrived, the victim texted a friend saying she believed she was in immediate danger and asked him to call for help, police say.

Residents of nearby apartments later told police that they saw the two arguing behind Miller's apartment — and that they say Miller "grab [the] victim from behind and throw her up against a fence." One witness heard glass shattering, while another saw Miller then chasing the young woman and tackling her to the ground. "She saw [the] defendant pick up [the] victim, who was not moving, and carry her."

When the victim awoke, the police statement says, she asked to be transported to the hospital, but Miller refused and told her to tell her parents she'd fallen on her face the night before.

Miller has been charged with one count each of second-degree domestic assault and first-degree domestic assault. He is being held in the St. Louis County Jail on a $20,000 cash-only bond.

Court records show he was previously charged with consumption of alcoholic beverages while driving in rural southern Missouri on September 3.

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